White Conveyors Marks 70th Anniversary

Posted February 29, 2016 at 6:19 pm

New Jersey-based White Conveyors Inc. is marking its 70th anniversary, having installed more than 75,000 systems worldwide, growing from a small facility in Newark to today’s 90,000-square-foot plant and office complex in Kenilworth.

Emphasizing innovation to improve customers’ material-handling capabilities from Day 1, the company’s business continues to grow, both in the United States and internationally, said President Mary Speckhart, a third-generation family executive.

“Over the past 70 years, White has excelled by being at the forefront of innovative technology and delivering superior solutions. Our success has been built on a professional business strategy of continual investment in the best technology and people. While White has enjoyed a brilliant past, we are also looking forward to a bright and exciting future. And we are proud to do this in the great state of New Jersey,” she said.

In the 1940s, the vision of company founders Hugo Weiss and Stephen J. Speckhart was to revolutionize the garment storage and handling industry. Their focus included improving both products and processes to enhance customers’ efficiency.

Prominent advances included the development of a garment storage conveyor in 1949, which spurred significant growth. White Conveyors received a patent in 1956 for its Consec-U-Veyor garment-storing and retrieval system, viewed as fulfilling the company’s goal to achieve an industry revolution. By 1967, systems were marketed beyond dry cleaning to include hospitality, healthcare and correctional markets and large retailers.

In 2004, White Conveyors expanded its Kenilworth facility to its current size. Growth continued four years later with the acquisition of Speed Check Conveyor in Decatur, GA, to enhance the company’s presence in the commercial laundry industry.